What to bring to class each day (from Day 1)
• Supply box or supply bag
• SEPARATE notebooks for each class you have
• 3 ring binder with 5 section dividers
• 20-50 sheets of 3-hole punched lined writing paper
• BLUE OR BLACK Pen for ALL writing
assignments (ERASABLE PEN
• PENCILS & erasers (no mechanical pencils!)
• Handheld pencil sharpener with cover
• Color Pencils (Crayola Twistables recommended)
• Glue Sticks
• Plastic 6" ruler
• Safety scissors
• 'White Out' tape
• Small stapler and staples
• Weekly AGENDA (school supplied)
• TEXTBOOK (when scheduled)
PARENTS! The average weight for a 6th grade backpack is 18.4 lbs! Please read this informative article about backpacks!
Classroom Survival Kit (due August 27th)
- Gallon size baggie
- Leisure reading book
- Bottled Water
- Lip Balm
- Puzzle Book
- Hand Sanitizer
1. Be Prepared – with class supplies, assignments, and a good attitude
2. Be Respectful – to yourself, to others, and to the learning process
3. Be Honest – about your work and your actions
4. Be Focused – you are always successful when you give your best effort!
and attitudes not permitted in class:
• Interupting fellow students
• Food, gum, or drinks (other than water)
• Bullying (verbal or physical)
• Fighting or Horseplay
• Hats or hoods (on)
• Sexual Harassment
Procedures for beginning class:
1: copy the homework from the side white board soon as soon as you enter the classroom.
2: complete the warm-up activity written on the front board.
(Homework is usually checked homework during this time.)
Instruction, activities and reading
A student will be counted as tardy if they are not in their seat when the bell rings. If a student is tardy, they must get a pass from the office. Students must then immediately begin procedures for beginning class. Students will receive detention after the second tardy.
Respect ~ Emotional & Physical Safety
Students can help all other members of the school by being prepared, focused, honest and respectful.
Students who disrupt the
learning community may be asked to stay 10
minutes after school. On some occasions a student may be asked to stay
longer than 10 minutes. If this is the case, the teacher will give the
student a form notifying her/his parents the date the student is
required to stay longer than 10 minutes. If a student continues to be
disruptive, she or he will be referred to the school principal and
additional parent contact will be made.
"The earth is a beehive; we all
enter by the same door but live in different cells."
Proverb by Bantu Pygmies
How Can I Improve My Grade?
Check "the 10 list":
1. Do I start class right away copying down the
homework and starting the warm-up?
2. Is my binder (or notebook) organized so it's easy to find what I need in a few seconds?
3. Do I use my class time wisely? (e.g. If I finish early, do I go back and review or think about
what I’m learning?)
4. Am I using my agenda and
turning in my projects / assignments on time?
5. Do I ask questions when I "don't get it?"
6. Do I read books besides the ones assigned in class?
4. Do I double-check my projects / assignments for mistakes?
8. Do I use a dictionary or thesaurus when I don't understand
9. What are my study habits for tests/quizzes?
(e.g. did I review my notes and text more than one day in advance? Do I use flash cards?)
ISLC uses the LAUSD grading scale:
(90-100= A) (80 - 89= B) (70 -79 = C) (60 -69 = D) (below 60=F)
Grades are determined by:
50% - Class projects, participation, & assignments
40% - Notebook, quizzes, & tests
Grades for Work Habits and Cooperation are on your report card as:
'E' (excellent) 'S' (satisfactory) and 'U' (unsatisfactory)
For Work Habits
missing 0-1 assignmnets = "E"
missing 2-3 assignments = "S"
missing 4+ assignments = "U"
0-1 lunch or after school detentions = "E"
2-3 lunch or after school detentions ="S"
more than 4 lunch or after school detentions ="U"
Important to Know:
1) Saving assignments in your Notebook or Binder: Students are
required to save all home and class learning in their individual 3 ring binders or notebooks for each class. There will be a periodic binder / notebook check.
2) Extra Credit assignments are not accepted the last 3 weeks of each semester.
3) ACADEMIC HONESTY: Taking words off of a website or out of a book without
giving credit to your source is cheating. Copying or allowing someone
else to copy is cheating. “Sharing answers” is cheating unless you are
working together on a group project.
Projects are accomplished both in and out of the classroom. Big project due dates are posted several weeks ahead of time with a schedule and syllabus.
1) Will usually take 10-20 minutes almost always.
Needs to be completed and saved in your class notebook.
3) The daily assigned homework is meant for practice, preparation, & challenge.
No late homework assignments will be accepted! Late homework = an incomplete!
Beyond that, I recommend you read at least 20 minutes every day.
Late Class Assignments
1) Students are responsible to
make up any classwork they miss. This includes tests! Late
(without an excused absense) receive 60% credit only during the fall semester if turned in by the next class meeting. Students with excused absences can:
a) call / text another
student to ask what they
b) check a friend's agenda.
c) Email Mr. Forfar
2) Students with a verified absence (e.g. illness or funeral) will be
given extra time and full
3) Extra credit assignments are not accepted the last 3 weeks of either semester.
4) Note: no late work is accepted Spring Semester.
Assignments are are assessed in different ways-
are created to help you learn through your innovations and thoughts
- are designed for practice and will not receive points
we will evaluate them together and use them for building up
knowledge that will help with future assignments not to mention, tests
are worth completion points. These
assignments are checked for timely submission and effort. Students may
correct them in class for direct instruction
graded for accuracy and development, while others will measure the
level of student mastery and learning
of our main goals here at ISLC is to encourage all students to feel
capable, significant, and academically challenged, while at the same
time helping them to gain a global view of life, for the future, past, and present. Please inform us of any difficulties your child may be
whether academic, social, or personal, and we will do the same if we
notice anything at school.
Again, I look forward meeting you on Back to School Night!
A bird does not sing because it has an
It sings because it has
~ Chinese Proverb
International Studies Learning
Center: Phone 323.568.3115
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